Sunday, December 5, 2010
A Carlos Bocanegra goal was not enough to snap Saint Etienne's winless streak as the American captain and company played to yet another draw in Ligue 1 play against Bordeaux.

Bocanegra started for the hosts and went the distance in defense. The native Californian also scored his first goal of the season in the 69th minute which gave Saint Etienne the lead temporarily.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah kicked off the scoring with a goal in the 30th minute bouncing home a volley after a cagey flick by playmaker Anthony Modeste.

Saint Etienne would not answer until the 67th minute but when they did, it came in rapid-fire succession with Bocanegra's goal coming on the heels of Albin Ebondo's strike two minutes earlier.

Ebondo's initial effort at goal after a long ball into the area was deflected however there was no panic in his follow-up shot which went skipping through the Bordeaux defense and snuck just inside the left post.

The home fans were still celebrating Ebondo's goal when Bocanegra struck two minutes later in what many US national team fans would consider a very 'Boca-esque' goal.

Dimitri Payet's free kick from just outside the top left corner of the penalty area was curled in perfectly for the former Rennes man who rose up and smacked the header into the net.

Bocanegra's tally looked for all the world as if it would stand up and finally enable Saint Etienne to shake off their nine match winless streak, but instead it would end in sour grapes as the visitors from the wine country equalized just one minute from time.

A long free kick saw Bordeaux's Fernando Menegazzo barely get a touch on with his head but it was enough to throw off Saint Etienne goalkeeper Jeremie Janot who tried to push it wide with his left hand only to watch the ball deflect off the post and spin into the net.

It marks the fourth consecutive draw for Saint Etienne who dropped another place in the Ligue 1 standings from 10th to 11th with 21 points.

They will next travel down to the Mediterranean coast to take on AS Monaco on Sunday.

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